Monthly Archives: January 2013

I ate it: gnocchi with black truffles at Maialino

Giant gnocchi, to be clear.

truffles

I could have eaten about twenty more of them too. When I asked my dining companions if they wanted a taste, I was just being polite. They said yes.

Truffles

That’s several thousand dollars worth of truffles pictured above. I assume they’re kept under lock and key.

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Twitter Spotlight: Melanie Spring

I gain something from each of the participants in the Twitter Spotlight. I’m grateful for the time they give to answering my little questionnaire, and the words of wit and wisdom they share stick with me beyond their week on the hot seat.

This week, the words that resonated with me from Melanie Spring, principal of marketing/branding agency Sisarina, are about happiness and contentment. Melanie managed to say what I strive for in one simple, perfect sentence.

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Get to know this cool entrepreneur, runner and dog-lover here:

OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest

@MelanieSpring: They don’t make me listen to talk radio, believe in me and tell me so, and are ambitious in life and love.

OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)

@MelanieSpring: Daring. (OK, I almost said ‘overwhelming’)

OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends

@MelanieSpring: Their authenticity. Being real is a big deal to me and my friends are no-BS people. They show up as they are and keep me authentic.

OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness

@MelanieSpring: Contentment. I met a man on the Live Your Brand Tour who told me “Most people look for happiness their whole lives. What they really want is contentment. But you can’t search for contentment; you just have to be content.”

Now I am learning to be content with where I am, what I have, and who I am.

OneChicklette: Your idea of misery

@MelanieSpring: Having nothing to occupy myself. I have to stay busy. I’m like a fish, I have to keep swimming or I die.

OneChicklette: Your favorite fictional character

@MelanieSpring: Sisarina. She was my imaginary friend as a kid and now she’s my business. She’s real and buys me coffee a lot. Best boss ever.

OneChicklette: Your favorite thing to eat, and also to drink

@MelanieSpring: EAT: Avocado. I don’t share them. My best friend got part of one once and said “The Few. The Proud. The Avocado’d.” DRINK: A Pimm’s Cup. Mmm…

OneChicklette: Five tangible things you can’t live without

@MelanieSpring:

  1. My MacBook Pro, Lilly. She has my whole life on her.
  2. My dogs, Bailey & Griffin. They keep me responsible.
  3. My FiveFingers. I LOVE to run and since I recently moved, I have been exploring my new neighborhood in them!
  4. My Moleskine notebook. I now have a place to put all of the things I need to remember.
  5. My Nutribullet. That thing has changed my life and eating habits.

OneChicklette: What’s the number one item on your bucket list? (question via @SaraLang)

@MelanieSpring: Well, it was to see the Grand Canyon but I crossed that off last month. Now it’s to hike it.

Grand Canyon

@OneChicklette: Who do you know via social media that you’re dying to meet in real life?  (this question came via @floridagirlindc)

@MelanieSpring: @BarefootTed – he’s the revolutionary behind barefoot running and although I’ve always been barefoot, he created a shoe (Luna Sandals) allowing me to feel like I’m barefoot.

OneChicklette: A question I should ask the next participant

@MelanieSpring: What did you parents give you (good or bad) that made you the person you are today?

OneChicklette: Random shout out (can be a person, your business, a web site, a favorite product or brand…anything)

@MelanieSpring: To the incredible team at Sisarina who daily makes me a better boss.

bad-ass-fairies

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I bought it: new brassieres from Intimint

I hadn’t given much thought to my bras lately. I was in something of a bra rut, if such a thing exists. When in doubt, I’d buy another one of these from Victoria’s Secret.

But then a friend showed me her fabulous new bra.

Intimint

You could see it peeking out of her sexy shirt, but that was the whole point.

She told me it was from Intimint and that Brooke Burke-Charvet has a hand in the designs. I had instant bra envy.

Intimint’s philosophy is that some tops make bras hard to wear without them showing. But you want (or perhaps need) to wear a bra so why not make it a pretty bra worth seeing?

Where were these bras during my sexy (OK, at least flashy) 20s?!

Recognizing that I could stand to up my bra game, I placed an order. My one concern was sizing, having not ordered bras online before. But when they arrived, I was glad to find that the fit was great and consistent with other brands.

The bras aren’t only beautiful but feel high quality. Nothing flimsy about them.

Intimint

Two cautions:

First, shipping was S-L-O-W. My order arrived almost three weeks after I placed it. When I chatted with customer service, they blamed the fact that I ordered on the day after Christmas.

The bottom line: if you’re in a hurry, choose expedited shipping (US only).

Second, when you place your order you’re automatically enrolled into a monthly program–which I didn’t realize until I saw a new charge for $19.99. Apparently it’s like one of the BirchBox or similar monthly programs. This membership is sort of explained if you dig into the FAQ; the “How It Works” section isn’t as helpful.

I was not amused, especially given that I hadn’t even received my order when the extra charge appeared on my account. Fortunately when I chatted with the customer service rep, they immediately refunded the charge and canceled the plan moving forward.

On the other hand, due to promotions Intimint was running at the time, I got three beautiful bras for just $42. I would definitely order again.

Finally, please note that this is not a sponsored post, just a description of my own experience with Intimint.

Chasing the sun

NYC’s cold snap is ending.

Snow

Just in time for my trips to New Orleans and Naples (Florida, not Italy).

 

snow

Don’t worry: I have scheduled lots of posts to hopefully keep you entertained while I’m away.

I plan to come back with good pictures and stories. Enjoy your week!

I’m laughing, Matt Damon

Matt Damon is highly underrated as a comic actor.

He was great as Jason Bourne and all, but I loved him most as Carol, Liz Lemon’s pilot love interest on 30 Rock.

In case you missed Matt’s takeover of Jimmy Kimmel Live, here’s the intro.

There’s a long history between Jimmy and Matt. There’s a great recap of the relationship here.

I have my own Jimmy Kimmel history–yes, really. In 2008, I was backstage at the show for work right after Sarah Silverman’s infamous “I’m f*cking Matt Damon” launched. The people I was there with hadn’t seen the video.

So Jimmy pulled out his laptop.

Can you picture it? All of us squeezed in around to watch. People abuse the word ‘surreal’ but that moment deserved such an adjective.

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